Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk is hoping for a hefty turn-out when his side host Skrill Premier side Lincoln City in Saturday’s showpiece clash at Scarborough RUFC’S Silver Royd.
The Imps will be the first team from that level of football to play a game in the town since Scarborough FC dropped out of the Conference in 2006.
The fixture will also be the perfect yardstick for Funk to see how far his Boro project has progressed.
He said: “This game is a showcase for our fans because it shows the way forward. It will be the most exciting game of football that Scarborough has hosted in a number of years, so obviously we will be hoping that there will be a big turn-out of supporters.
“It typifies everything we are trying to achieve and also, with the club hoping to move back into town in the not too distant future, it gives the fans a taste of what is to come.
“Lincoln City will be at full strength for the game, so it will be a gret test for our lads.
“There is a fair distance between ourselves and the Conference at the moment, so this is a great yardstick.
“If we can go out there and hold our own then obviously we will be delighted. If the margin of the scoreline isn’t so great then we will known how much work we have to do.”
Boro’s only doubt for the game will be midfielder Jimmy Ghaichem, who has a broken finger, picked up from the friendly clash against Clipstone.
Funk will still be casting his over over the Boro squad in this game, as he is yet to make up his mind on the team that will face Salford City in the Evo-Stik North opener on August 16.
He added: “We are moving deeper into our pre-season schedule, but I still want to see a bit more from the different partnerships we can put together.
“When we come down to the last two pre-season games then I will probably have made my mind up about a few more things.
“There is still time for players to show me that they deserve their place in the starting team.
“We are also blessed with a lot of competition for places at the moment, which is obviously a good thing.”